I thought Janathon would be a fun followup to the Holiday Run Streak – a chance to try a bunch of different workouts instead of focusing solely on running. I didn’t know then that I’d wind up entered in the Feb. 23 Maple Leaf Indoor Marathon (I’d been on a waiting list). But with January 2/3 over, it seems to me that Janathon has added an extra – and important — dimension to my marathon training: upper body strength.
Now that I’m running a lot more mileage, I can really tell that my back and shoulders feel stronger, thanks to all that snow shoveling and a lesser amount of swimming, yoga and circuit training. (I shouldn’t say “stronger” so much as “less weak”; still, the difference is very apparent. I no longer slouch toward the end of longer runs, like yesterday’s 10-miler, and at times I feel like my arms can take the lead in “piston pumping” when my legs want a break.)
Here’s a look at Janathon so far, based on my Twitter postings. (If you want to follow along, you can find me @TanyaIschCaylor):
#Janathon Day 2: 45 min snow shoveling. (The way it’s coming down, might need to do another set of this extremely useful workout!)
#janathon Day 3: 1 “set” of snow shoveling, 45 min walk + “heavy ropes.” (Don’t ask!)
Step aerobics while watching “Miss Marple at Bertram’s Hotel” #janathon Day 6
#Janathon Day 7 Walking at O’Hare, waiting for our daughter Rowan to catch a flight to Spain.
#Janathon day 8: 1st treadmill run in almost a year. Good intentions (1 hour goal ) turns into 36-min (3.6 miles). Oh well…
#Janathon Day 10: Aerobic step workout during “Agatha Christie’s Poirot: The Mystery of the Blue Train.” Learned how to pronounce Hercule.
#Janathon Day 12: After nailing yesterday’s precarious run, nearly turn an ankle on exercise bike today. Go figure…
Dad’s 30yo #running log cures my 1st #marathon jitters. https://90in9.wordpress.com/2014/01/13/first-marathon-in-just-gulp-6-weeks/ … Indoor 7-mile run for #Janathon Day 13. (Also yoga).
#Janathon Day 14: Even a rotten swimmer feels good afterward.
#Janathon Day 15: Does an unfocused, improvised circuit training workout count?
#Janathon catchup, days 18-19-20 = 6-mile speed workout, circuit training + fitness bike, 10-mile run at Y (80 laps)